Stasis and change: Social psychological insights into social-ecological resilience

Hobman, Elizabeth V and Walker, Iain (2015) Stasis and change: Social psychological insights into social-ecological resilience. Ecology and Society, 20 1: . doi:10.5751/ES-07260-200139

Author Hobman, Elizabeth V
Walker, Iain
Title Stasis and change: Social psychological insights into social-ecological resilience
Journal name Ecology and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1708-3087
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5751/ES-07260-200139
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 20
Issue 1
Total pages 12
Place of publication Waterloo, Canada
Publisher Resilience Alliance Publications
Language eng
Abstract Ecologists have used the concept of resilience since the 1970s. Resilience also features in many of the social and economic sciences, though in a less central role and with a variety of interpretations. Developing a fuller understanding of the concept of social-ecological resilience promises advances in how science can contribute to achieving better environmental outcomes, locally and globally. Such a development requires articulation of different perspectives on resilience and critical engagement across those perspectives. We present, in some detail, a particular perspective on resilience developed by the pioneering social psychologist Kurt Lewin. We suggest that Lewin’s explicit use of social-ecological systems in his framework presaged much of the current social-ecological understanding of resilience. We set out some key details of his framework, notably the characteristics of his field theory, his use of group dynamics as a vehicle for social change, his introduction and development of the principles of action research, and his three-step change model. We conclude by mentioning some areas of the framework that are under-theorized or not theorized at all.
Keyword Action research
Kurt Lewin
Social ecology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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